Hello there gentleman, I'm new here, this being my first post and I wondered if you could guide me in the right direction.
I'm looking to make a full set of armour based on that worn by master chief in the Halo games on the xbox/xbox 360.
I was wondering if anyone had any tips or tutorials on how to go about it.
I want to make it durable and tough, so a cardboard suit just won't cut it.
I was thinking of creating moulds for each component so that multiple sets can be made. But quite frankly I'm stumped.
Mainly with regards to the helmet. I can't get my head around how to actually mould a thing, like that which is to be worn. If it was just a display piece, then it would be easy to mould as it wouldn't need to be hallow.
If anyone can help in this regard it would be most appreciated. If you can help me make this thing, I will sell my first prototype on ebay, and the proceeds I'll donate to the forum.
Welcome to the forums!
Your best bet is to benefit from others' experiences - while Halo has been out a few years, it's got nothing on the Star Wars boys for fan-made props and replicas.
Here are a few links directed at producing Star Wars props, Stormtrooper amour to be specific;
Some Boba Fett helmet-specific how to's;
And a more general, semi-pro site;
Here's a really good resource for Halo fans with examples of both the cardboard and more traditional modeling/casting techniques;
Creation Discussion forums;
with examples in this link;
All of these links are to or have really helpful forums to which you can post questions and ask advise through free memberships.
An idea of what 'Professional' costume makers are producing, check;
An artist of theirs worked on a recently ebay'd full-scale wearable Halo Master Chief replica suit for just over $20G's.
Here's a link to that auction with good pics for reference;
Good luck, Penitent - and I look forward to seeing WiP's and updates if you go for it.
Last edited by lilalex; September 26th, 2007 at 11:19 AM.
If you check out the latest issue of Make magazine (or it may be last month's, not sure) they have a nifty tutorial for vacuum-molding plastic on to basic plaster molds. I bet that would be pretty useful for making some of the armor parts.
Edit: ooor I'm too slow and you can just read those links for free instead.
Thanks for your help guys, will give me a lot of reading to be getting through when I have the time.
I'll keep you all posted.
This is a great video of a guy sculpting and making molds of a suit, with particular detail on the helmet. It's a real quick vid, with a lot of short shots / stills flashed on screen, but it's a good start for inspiration.
I don't even sculpt and this video made me want to make a MC helmet.
From reading things i have an idea now how he made it.
It looked like he didn't vacuum form the helmet, instead choosing to make a negative cast of the helmet he had sculpted, and then pouring some sort of resin inside it, which I assumed then hardens to create a one piece helmet, without the work of vacuum forming different parts and having to connect them together.
He was using Smooth-on casting resin. Probably the medium set as that would give you plenty of time to do the slush molding for the helmet.